Sometimes, the best bits of data analysis are the simplest ones. Like this gem, uncovered by The Economist yesterday, which shows the average number of minutes you need to work in order to afford a beer.

The data was actually put together by researchers from the bank UBS, so I reckon we can trust the figures. Clearly, there's reason to be cheerful: the data shows that an average American has to work for about six minutes to earn a beer. Compare that to the UK where it's more like 15 minutes, or India where it's upwards of 50, and you can deservedly feel smug. [Economist]


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